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Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake

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Whoa-ho-ho. I got a little crazy with the glaze there, per the ushe.

So, Seattle! Have you been there?

I just spent the last 40-some hours exploring the beauty of downtown Seattle and the waterfront in the fall. Whiiiich more or less involved ordering pizza (s? maybe) to our hotel room and rehearsing again, just one more time, to make sure our presentation for this weekend's conference was just right. But same difference. Seattle is awesome.

Bjork and I were in Seattle this weekend for an IACP conference where we presented for two hours at a time, facilitating sessions on things like self publishing ebooks and effective practices for developing your blog income. First of all, um, whoa. All you presenters who stand up there for hours upon hours in a day and think it is a normal thing? IT IS NOT. I am mentally zapped, socially exhausted, and my feet hurt. Still. You all are a special breed and I want some of your powers.

Honey apple bundt cake with glaze.

And second of all, I need, at minimum, 23879 blueberry pomegranate teas to get my voice to sound within a decade of my real age. Scratchy-scratch-scratch.

We had such a great time meeting people and I said to myself, Ohhh yeah. This is why people go to conferences. *palm to face* Thanks to all my new IACP friends for being so warm and kind and funny. You're an expert bunch and it was truly a pleasure.

We took a red eye flight home, and arrived raccoon-eyed and a little loopy Monday morning around 5:30 am. The good news is that because we took the red eye, we were now gifted with one precious day at home. The kind where you spend most of the day getting all cozy with yummy baked whole wheat honey apple bundt cake and make a fire and keep it burning all day, just because. Well, actually, because it's freezing COLD in this state.

Slippers were the footwear of choice 100% all day right alongside my Target comfy yoga pants and a hoodie. The pajama-esque outfit is a prerequisite for making this cake.

It just is.

Honey apple bundt cake with glaze on a plate.

Then guess what? This cake happened all day long, that's what. In thick slices that were coated with a generous drizzle, er dollop, er what? of that glaze-frosting we all love.

Apple bundt cake for breakfast (with coffee), lunch (with more coffee), and dinner (with milk, like a little kitten lapping up warm milk and sweet apple cake before bed, duh).

Honey apple bundt cake with glaze on a plate.

If you're asking me what kind of apples to use, I actually don't know. They were red and sweet and packaged in a little brown bag straight from the orchard. I honestly don't mean to belittle the importance of apple selection, but I also really don't think you can go wrong here.

Cheers to us making apple cakes. And wearing slippers.

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Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake | skillfulcook.us

Whole Wheat Honey Apple Bundt Cake

  • Author: Skillful Cook
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x


This whole wheat honey apple bundt cake is a loaded with whole wheat flour, sweet honey, and fresh apples, and then glazed to perfection. SO good.



For the cake

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (I used olive oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 minced apples (about 2-3 cups)

For the glaze

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease a bundt pan (mine is about 9 inches across the top). Whisk the sugar and oil together until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, honey, and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Gently stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture until just combined.
  3. Core the apples and mince them in a food processor. Fold the apples into the batter. Pour into the prepared bundt pan 3/4 of the way up the side of the pan. Don't overfill! It'll be a mess and it won't bake through. Bake for 50 minutes, let stand for 10 minutes, and invert onto a place.
  4. For the glaze, melt butter in saucepan. Add powdered sugar and vanilla – it will be thick and sticky. Stir in maple syrup. Add water until desired consistency is reached.
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: apple bundt cake, bundt cake recipe, honey apple cake

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    1) “Mentally zapped, socially exhausted and my feet hurt” is why a nice glass of Shiraz is my nightly ritual.
    2) Welcome home. Remember that salted dark chocolate awaits you at your desk.
    3) Whole wheat flour in a bundt cake is crazy daring… my kind of crazy, which is enough to inspire me to face the panic attack that befalls me every time I stand before the flour section in the baking aisle: bleached, unbleached, white, whole wheat… Waahhh!
    4) I have a BBQ beef crockpot recipe for you that is freakin’ incredible. Ask me about it, or ask for a bite, at lunchtime. 🙂

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    What a beautiful cake!
    If your throat is still scratchy staying quiet is a great remedy. I teach singing lessons and recommend speaking a few pitches higher than you normally would the next time you need to speak for long periods of time. It should take some strain off the voice.

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      Bummer! No luck with that as I speak in my “teacher” voice all day to my students. 🙂 But thanks for the tip about the higher voice while presenting!

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    So glad you enjoyed Seattle! You will definitely have to return (summertime is the most beautiful time ever)! 🙂 This cake looks amazing! Yuuuum. And your photography is gorgeous, as always!

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    Apple cake and slippers? Sounds good to me! This looks delicious and dangerous…You know it’s good when you can eat it at every meal!! Hope you have a great day~

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    Welcome home! I love days like that, and whenever I am home I am in yoga pants and slippers. Even after 5:30 pm when I get home on a workday. Anyway, I will have to add this to my list … after I get a bundt pan I guess. :p Guess it’s time to invest.

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    Love the whole wheat cake. And the icing…is there any way to make the same one clean?:)
    I love Seattle! We live only 2 hours away in Canada. Go there at least twice a year. LOVE it! The food, the mood, the vibrance, the people…I love West Coast in general.:) The conference part sounds like fun and a loot of work but so much fun to meet new people. Congrats!

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    First of all, I looove Seattle. Moving there is on the 10 year plan. Secondly… I am having such an obsession over all things apple-y and bakey… So delicious this time of year. And that glaze sure does help the matter!

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    I love Seattle! Such a cool town. I hope you got to make it to Beecher’s cheese (at least to walk by, if not to get a grilled cheese sandwich) and to the Pike Place Market by the waterfront. I love the food identity of the city – local, sustainable, fresh… it’s just so perfect! You’d think I spent weeks there… it was literally like 3 days haha, but that’s enough to fall in love with such an awesome city! 🙂

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    Looks delicious. Recipe directions mention applesauce but I didn’t see it in the ingredients list. Just want to use the right amount when I make this tonight!

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    Lindsay, you guys did an awesome job at the conference! It was so totally terrific to meet you and Bjork and to learn from you. You two have a wealth of knowledge, and it is amazing that you are willing to share, guide and teach so we can maybe be like you “when we grow up”! You are a blessing!

    Love the visual of being in your slippers and yoga pants all day. Sounds just like what you needed. Traveling and presenting is exciting, but also tough and draining as you said. Lovely cake. Definitely a yum!

    Thank you!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      Thanks Sally! We had such a lovely time meeting so many amazing and talented people. Super excited for what’s next for you! 🙂 We’ll be in touch I’m sure. Take care!

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    Your cozy clothes of slippers, yoga pants, and a hoodie are my daily “uniform!” There’s something about baking in comfy clothes that makes everything 1000x better. Especially in the fall. And ohhhh my goodness, your cake looks amazing! So moist and apple-y and comforting. I love how you used olive oil — I’ll have to try that sometime!

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    If I have the energy Saturday after our church’s Chrysanthemum Tea, this will be recreated in my kitchen! Just made your Chocolate Oatmeal Cake for the second time last night….it is now my go-to chocolate cake!